A few weeks ago, we shared the love story of Anna Sugarman, a beautiful mama-to-be, and one of our newest baby planning clients. Today we want to share some of the items we’ve recommended for this minimalist mama. Things to know about Anna: this is her first baby, she is a frequent traveler with minimal storage space, and living a Green lifestyle is of utmost importance to her and her husband. If this also sounds like you, we hope this list helps!
You need a great baby carrier, a great bed option (just in case) for naps and a reliable and sturdy diaper bag, a few lightweight blankets and a lightweight and easy to collapse stroller.
We think every mama who plans to babywear should consider both a wrap and a soft structured carrier. Wraps can take a little getting used to, but once you master it, it takes up virtually no room in your diaper bag and can be whipped on in a breeze. The different wrapping methods allow a little more freedom with how you position baby, and can be used from birth up to roughly 25 lbs. Soft structured carriers are a hot choice for mamas that want the ease and benefits of babywearing without the intimidation factor of the extra fabric that comes with wraps.
Travel Beds and Co-Sleeping
Co-sleeping is a hot button topic for many parents. When done safely, there are many emotional benefits for both mama and baby. If you decide to co-sleep, make sure you have a designated space for baby to comfortably sleep on their back. We love Dockatot for this purpose; it has lots of other purposes besides co-sleeping; it can be used as a lounger, for tummy time, as a changing pad, the list goes on.
Not co-sleeping? Traveling with your tots? A lightweight, compact travel crib is a must for families on the go. Whether for naps, overnights, or contained playtime, the Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib is one of our favorites. You can literally pack it up and carry it as a backpack!
We cannot stress enough how much use you will get out of having extra blankets around. From swaddling to a light layer over baby for walks, you will definitely get your money’s worth with these. They transition into toddlerhood, and can even be fashioned into a nursing cover if needed! We love the prints and fabric from Aden + Anais.
We highly suggest a backpack! Backpacks are easy, spacious, sleek, and comfortable, especially when wearing baby. Check out this cutie from Skip Hop!
You need something lightweight and easy to maneuver. The UppaBABY G-LUXE Stroller can be used from 3 months on, and is a great option for frequent travelers.
Cloth Diaper Recommendations
Cloth diapering can be incredibly intimidating because there are so many options out there. How can you be sure they won’t leak, especially on the go, really leaving you in a bind? The technology has come SO FAR on cloth diapers… these are our favorites!
Lots of great reviews regarding the snug fit and dry baby for hours!
It is the trimmest form of diaper that comes with three types of inserts – stay dry (4 layers), overnight (6 layers), organic cotton (5 layers). You can use it for newborns and for babies who weigh 35 pounds or more!
Again, keeps the baby dry and the diaper fits snug to the leg.
It’s one of the best diapers because of its rich features like stretch-to-fit and easy to dispose. Made of organic cotton it has six layers of absorbency. Your little one will stay dry for sure if he uses this one.
The Best Natural Baby Care Products
This is a great site to subscribe to for all things natural and safe for your baby- www.bestproducts.com/parenting/baby/g174/organic-baby-products-clothes-toys/
Our favorite brands that are all natural, safe and eco-friendly-
- Babo Botanicals Bubble Bath
- Lafe’s Organic Baby Foaming Shampoo & Body Wash
- Farmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser
- Erbaviva Organic Baby Wash Bags
- Shea Moisture Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo
- Farmaesthetics Homemade Bath Bars
- Paleo Skincare Tallow & Herb Soap for Babies
- Earth Mama Angel Baby Bath Blossoms
- California Baby
- JK Naturals